LOCAL GLANCE Oct. 26: Prep football, prep cross country sectionals
The Antelope football team had some scoring chances squandered and lost 68-13 to Parker at home on Friday night at Buckeye Field.
The Rams (1-8) had a touchdown on the opening play called back by a penalty and got stopped on the 1-yard line just before halftime. Antelope scored their touchdowns on a long touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jason St. Clair to sophomore Gerry Avans and a short touchdown run by senior running back Fred Pearson.
Senior Casey Pearson had a fumble recovery and return to set up the short rushing touchdown by Fred Pearson.
The Rams end their season playing against five teams that made the playoffs and their lone win coming on a 35-0 victory over San Luis to start the year.
“It wasn't the schedule,” Antelope coach Dan Gardner said about the Rams' record. “It was us playing up and down. We didn't have the record, but we made immeasurable improvements over the year.”
Harvest Prep falls to Glendale
Harvest Prep lost 50-32 in an offensive shootout that saw four rushing touchdowns from the Eagle offense.
Ruben Anaya had 14 carries, good for two touchdowns and 196 yards while Anthony Messer had 11 carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
On defense, Esteban Sanchez led the Eagles with 12 tackles and Armando Moreno also contributed nine tackles.
“It was our best year at Harvest Prep,” said head coach Nathen Baker. “We were 5-4 and we're continuing to improve as a team. It's what you want to see. We had a good group of seniors who led us this year and we'll continue moving forward and build upon what we did this year and go towards another quality season next year.”
Cibola shuts out San Luis
The Associated Press reported Cibola defeated San Luis 45-0 on Friday night.
Cibola coach Lucky Arvizo Sr. and San Luis coach Mark Shields could not be reached.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
Cibola repeats as Section I champs
For the second consecutive year, the Cibola boys and girls cross country teams are the Division I Section I champions.
The boys team (43 points) edged out Centennial, and the girls (27) beat out Trevor Browne Friday at Grand Canal Linear Park in Glendale.
“Overall, we were strong across the board,” Cibola coach Kris Norton said.
For the boys, seniors Bernie Montoya (14:26) and Jose Garcia (16:09) finished first and second. Christian Alva (16:53) finished 11th, Keanu Nakasawa (16:58) took 13th and Alex Marquez (17:13) crossed in 16th place.
“It was nice to see Jose getting back into shape. He would have won if it weren't for his teammate. We knew he was capable of it,” Norton said of Garcia, who had been battling a slight tear in his right patella tendon all season.
On the girls side, Monica Huston (18:28) finished first, Ally Jeffers (19:49) took fourth and Alexandra Aceves (20:15) placed 7th. Shanna Norton (20:51) also medaled for the Raiders by finishing 12th — the top 14 medal at the section meet.
“Team-wise, you can't get it done without having a top five,” Norton said.
The Division I state meet is Nov. 3 at Cave Creek Golf Course in Phoenix. At the state meet last season, the Raider boys finished fifth and the Cibola girls finished 11th.
Kofa boys, girls qualify for state
After the Division I Section I race at Grand Canal Linear Park in Glendale was over, Kofa cross country coach Tom Spanton nervously waited 30 minutes to hear how his team did.
It turned out the Kings boys finished in sixth place and the girls took fifth — good enough for a trip to the state meet.
“I trained the kids all year for this sectional meet because I didn't want to look past it,” Spanton said. “They were pretty stoked.”
Ruth Hansen (20:33) was the only medalist for the Kings, finishing in 10th place.
“She went out and ran a good race, set a (personal record). So life is good,” Spanton said.
YC Boys qualify for state
The Yuma Catholic boys cross country team qualified for the AIA Division IV State Championships Friday with a sixth place finish at the sectional competition.
Jaime Casillas led the way for the Shamrocks, running an 18:05 with Ricardo Jaramillio just a minute behind him at 19:11.
“We ran a great team race,” said Yuma Catholic coach Ralph Farr. “One way we can improve is move that minute spread up by Jaime running faster and everyone else running well behind him. The boys all agree that we can do that.”
The girls missed out on qualifying for state by one place, finishing in sixth out of 10. Only the top five advance.
The sixth-place finish was an improvement from last year where the Shamrocks finished ninth.
Although the team missed out on state, they are sending one individual who qualified. Adriana Solorzano ran a personal best 22:22 and finished 20th overall.